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Old 03-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suspension options

Hopefully I will soon be building up my truck. It currently just has all around leaf springs, it was a larger truck so it has so many springs that I might as well have the axle welded to the frame, you feel everything. (18 per tire side, yeah, that's a lot of 3/8" leaf springs)

I had been thinking of just using whatever came on the donor truck, but after looking around a bit it seems there are a lot of options out there, all that I don't really know much about.

The truck will see some 4x4ing, but mainly daily driving and light duty, so I don't want to go too crazy and put something in way beyond what I'll ever use that's super expensive, but I am thinking something more than just leaf springs would be a good way to go. The truck has a lot of room to work with, I can fit just about anything twice over in there.

Anyone have any ideas? Could use some vendors too.

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The make/model/year is kinda needed to give you a real recommendation.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1956 Ford F600, probably not something that fits a normal bill, lol

It has a 1/4" thick chassis that's about 10" x 3" or so. It's real simple and was built to use 38" wheels already. I'm switching to 1 ton axles and won't be using larger ones as it's a daily driver and the extra weight is a bit much.

Here is an underside view, whole lot of room. As it is I can literally sit between the frame and the front wheels, cause I've done so, lol.

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Old 03-16-2012, 07:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well if you're not gonna be loading it down like an F600 would be in its work life, I'd probably go with some 1 ton leafs and adjust from there if I was doing it.
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yeah, just run some 1-ton 63" chevy rear leaves in the back
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